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A Little bit about Maureen!

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawaken” – Anatole France

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Maureen is a resident property consultant at Val de Vie Estate, running her own, very successful, private real estate business; Maureen@BeautifulHomes.

As luck would turn out, when Maureen entered the estate 5 years ago, Val de Vie turned out to be an absolute paradise for her, her horses, dogs and sheep; Japie and there was no way that she would be going anywhere else.

As an avid animal lover and active person, Maureen likes to start her days by either riding her horse, Tahila; cycling or running with friends; that provide the perfect outdoor fresh air and energy to kick start her working day.

After 17 years in Pretoria, Maureen decided to move back to Cape Town where she started out in the Western Cape with Engel & Volker’s Estate Agency and after completing her “payment of school fees”, she started specialising in developments under the trading name of @BeautifulHomes.

As a Val de Vie Resident Property Consultant, being there for 4 years, she has first-hand knowledge and experience to provide all the necessary information which a potential new Home Owner would like to know. Her vision is to share the sophisticated country lifestyle that Val de Vie has to offer with other people and by doing this, bringing quality of life to other families.

Achievements

During 2010, Maureen managed to capture a 37% market share of all property sales by all Agencies, including the developer in the Val de Vie Estate – i.e. of all transferred property transactions. She received the Award for Highest Annual Sales and Most Sales achieved in one year in the CCH group for 2010, 2011 and 2012. She managed 24 sales during the first semester of 2011 – the most in the CCH group. She is also the only consultant in the Diamond Category in 2012 CCH MY AREA Specialized Property Consultant in Val de Vie Wine, Polo and Security Estate.

References

“Dear Maureen, I am writing this letter in order to express my gratitude for the high quality service you provided to us when we purchased our little Villa recently in the Val de Vie Estate! Your service and knowledge from the outset was amazing, but the trait that most impressed us was your degree of self-motivation and ability to very quickly grasp and interpret our needs in terms of budget and the type of property that we required. This in the end made our decisions on buying in the limited time we had available, very simple and stress free. In short I will most certainly recommend to anyone looking to buying in this magnificent Estate in the Cape Winelands, that they look no further than MAUREEN, who undoubtedly will go the extra mile in helping you. Thank you and your professional staff once again! Best Regards, Mike Pio, Hong Kong, 22 Jan 2013.”

“Dear Maureen, I will never forget overlooking the lake for the first time when we bought our first stand from you at Val de Vie 18 months ago. Your relaxed approach made it so easy and comfortable going through the decision making and purchase process with you. As you’ve seen, our house has turned out to be magnificent, and here we are again, looking to you to find us a second stand on this little piece of heaven, Val de Vie. Living abroad, we were concerned that it would complicate matters, but you made it all so straight forward and simple, exactly what we needed. Thank you for all your effort, driving around and patience in helping us to come to a very easy decision and purchase process, yet again. Simply put, there’s no-one else we’d go to when it comes to investing on this incredible estate. Looking forward to the finished product on our second stand and who knows, there may well be a third…….Thank you so MUCH!! Jerry and Mags Ascough”

A little about Maureen…

 

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”Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawaken” – Anatole France

Maureen is a resident property consultant at Val de Vie Estate, running her own, very successful, private real estate business; Maureen@BeautifulHomes. As luck would turn out, when Maureen entered the estate 5 years ago, Val de Vie turned out to be an absolute paradise for her, her horses, dogs and sheep; Japie and there was no way that she would be going anywhere else. As an avid animal lover and active person, Maureen likes to start her days by either riding her horse, Tahila; cycling or running with friends; that provide the perfect outdoor fresh air and energy to kick start her working day.

After 17 years in Pretoria, Maureen decided to move back to Cape Town where she started out in the Western Cape with Engel & Volker’s Estate Agency and after completing her “payment of school fees”, she started specialising in developments under the trading name of @BeautifulHomes.

As a Val de Vie Resident Property Consultant, being there for 4 years, she has first-hand knowledge and experience to provide all the necessary information which a potential new Home Owner would like to know. Her vision is to share the sophisticated country lifestyle that Val de Vie has to offer with other people and by doing this, bringing quality of life to other families.

Achievements

During 2010, Maureen managed to capture a 37% market share of all property sales by all Agencies, including the developer in the Val de Vie Estate – i.e. of a

ll transferred property transactions. She received the Award for Highest Annual Sales and Most Sales achieved in one year in the CCH group for 2010, 2011 and 2012. She managed 24 sales during the first semester of 2011 – the most in the CCH group. She is also the only consultant in the Diamond Category in 2012 CCH MY AREA Specialized Property Consultant in Val de Vie Wine, Polo and Security Estate.

References

“Dear Maureen, I am wri

ting this letter in order to express my gratitude for the high quality service you provided to us when we purchased our little Villa recently in the Val de Vie Estate! Your service and knowledge from the outset was amazing, but the trait that most impressed us was your degree of self-motivation and ability to very quickly grasp and interpret our needs in terms of budget and the type of property that we required. This in the end made our decisions on buying in the limited time we had available, very simple and stress free. In short I will most certainly recommend to anyone looking to buying in this magnificent Estate in the Cape Winelands, that they look no further than MAUREEN, who undoubtedly will go the extra mile in helping you. Thank you and your professional staff once a

gain! Best Regards, Mike Pio, Hong Kong, 22 Jan 2013.”

“Dear Maureen, I will never forget overlooking the lake for the first time when we bought our first stand from you at Val de Vie 18 months ago. Your relaxed approach made it so easy and comfortable going through the decision making and purchase process with you. As you’ve seen, our house has turned out to be magnificent, and here we are again, looking to you to find us a second stand on this little piece of heaven, Val de Vie. Living abroad, we were concerned that it would complicate matters, but you made it all so straight forward and simple, exactly what we needed. Thank you for all your effort, driving around and patience in helping us to come to a very easy decision and purchase process, yet again. Simply put, there’s no-one else we’d go to when it comes to investing on this incredible estate. Looking forward to the finished product on our second stand and who knows, there may well be a third…….Thank you so MUCH!! Jerry and Mags Ascough”

 

 

 

Stabling at Val de Vie Estate

 

Against a backdrop of the grandiose Simonsberg and Franschhoek mountains, facing the impressive Pavilion field, stands the stylish Val de Vie stable block, designed to cater for the comfort of horse and rider.

The 2 spacious drive-through stable blocks, with over 64 loose boxes, is designed for optimal ventilation. Daily manure disposal, excellent drainage, hygienic management and biological fly control ensure odour-free and healthy stables. The design allows for safe social interaction between horses and welcomes visitors.

 

Other facilities include fully equipped tack rooms, lunging rings, exercise track and practice field. Not to mention the exclusive Founders Lounge Club House where clients have access to change rooms and are able to relax in style after an exhilarating day on the field.

Livery

Complete livery and exercise care is available for participants of all equestrian disciplines. Horses are provided with daily turn out in secure camps with expert care provided by an on-site professional team giving members and horse owners peace of mind knowing their prize equine friends are well taken care of.

 

Grooms

Grooms play a pivotal role in horse care – a full responsibility, seven days a week. The Val de Vie grooms take care of each horse’s daily needs, from feeding and grooming, to exercising the ponies and getting them tacked up for polo, providing riders with valued service.

Under the ever-watchful eye of Stable Master – George Mumba, who is not only experienced when it comes to horses, but is also a master on the polo field – the grooms give only their best when working with the horses, knowing each by name. George is fanatical about who he employs and every groom is given on-going training to become a skilled equestrian expert in his own right.

 

Blackberry Pink Polo at Val de Vie Estate

We at Maureen@BeautifulHomes proudly supported the annual Blackberry Pink Polo held at Val de Vie Esate.

It was a spectacular day filled with glitz and glamour, and aside from the well-known wind of the Cape, it was an absolute perfect day!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are some to tell you the story!

Save the Date for Val de Vie Events!!

Breast Cancer self-exam – early detection can change your life!!

Breast awareness and self-exam

Beginning in their 20s, women should be told about the benefits and limitations of breast self-exam (BSE). Women should be aware of how their breasts normally look and feel and report any new breast changes to a health professional as soon as they are found. Finding a breast change does not necessarily mean there is a cancer.

A woman can notice changes by knowing how her breasts normally look and feel and feeling her breasts for changes (breast awareness), or by choosing to use a step-by-step approach (with a BSE) and using a specific schedule to examine her breasts.

Women with breast implants can do BSE. It may be useful to have the surgeon help identify the edges of the implant so that you know what you are feeling. There is some thought that the implants push out the breast tissue and may make it easier to examine. If you choose to do BSE, the following information provides a step-by-step approach for the exam. The best time for a woman to examine her breasts is when they are not tender or swollen. Women who examine their breasts should have their technique reviewed during their periodic health exams by their health care professional.

It is acceptable for women to choose not to do BSE or to do BSE occasionally. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding can also choose to examine their breasts regularly.

Women who choose not to do BSE should still know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any changes to their doctor right away.

How to examine your breasts

Lie down on your back and place your right arm behind your head. The exam is done while lying down, not standing up. This is because when lying down the breast tissue spreads evenly over the chest wall and is as thin as possible, making it much easier to feel all the breast tissue.

Use the finger pads of the 3 middle fingers on your left hand to feel for lumps in the right breast. Use overlapping dime-sized circular motions of the finger pads to feel the breast tissue.

Use 3 different levels of pressure to feel all the breast tissue. Light pressure is needed to feel the tissue closest to the skin; medium pressure to feel a little deeper; and firm pressure to feel the tissue closest to the chest and ribs. It is normal to feel a firm ridge in the lower curve of each breast, but you should tell your doctor if you feel anything else out of the ordinary. If you’re not sure how hard to press, talk with your doctor or nurse. Use each pressure level to feel the breast tissue before moving on to the next spot.

Move around the breast in an up and down pattern starting at an imaginary line drawn straight down your side from the underarm and moving across the breast to the middle of the chest bone (sternum or breastbone). Be sure to check the entire breast area going down until you feel only ribs and up to the neck or collar bone (clavicle).

There is some evidence to suggest that the up-and-down pattern (sometimes called the vertical pattern) is the most effective pattern for covering the entire breast without missing any breast tissue.

Repeat the exam on your left breast, putting your left arm behind your head and using the finger pads of your right hand to do the exam.

While standing in front of a mirror with your hands pressing firmly down on your hips, look at your breasts for any changes of size, shape, contour, or dimpling, or redness or scaliness of the nipple or breast skin. (The pressing down on the hips position contracts the chest wall muscles and enhances any breast changes.)

Examine each underarm while sitting up or standing and with your arm only slightly raised so you can easily feel in this area. Raising your arm straight up tightens the tissue in this area and makes it harder to examine.

This procedure for doing breast self-exam is different from previous recommendations. These changes represent an extensive review of the medical literature and input from an expert advisory group. There is evidence that this position (lying down), the area felt, pattern of coverage of the breast, and use of different amounts of pressure increase a woman’s ability to find abnormal areas.

What to do for Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Elle Magazine

October is international breast cancer awareness month. According to CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa) breast cancer is the most common cancer among South African women, however, a diagnosis does not have to be a death sentence if it is detected early enough.

Get involved and make a difference by supporting these organisations or joining a breast cancer event this month.

Blackberry Pink Polo

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Watch this classy sport at the stunning Val de Vie Estate on 26 October. Choose between three different packages:

1. Pink Polo Market: get the full market experience by choosing from a selection of delicious foods and soaking up live music performances.

2. Tailgating: park your car next to the polo field and enjoy the service of a butler for the day.

3. Pink Polo Pavilion: General access to the Polo Pavilion, which includes high tea, an arrival drink, best-dressed competitions, lucky draws, a fashion show, pop-up stores and a gift bag.

Find out more: valdevie.co.za

Cancer Buddies

At Cancer Buddies, survivors become mentors to individuals who have just been diagnosed. As the mentors and mentees are paired according to age, types of cancer and background they form close relationships that gives cancer patients some much-needed support as they go through their treatment.

Support them: cancerbuddies.org.za

Journey of Hope

Journey of Hope is made up of 15 daring breast cancer survivors who travel the country on Honda motorcycles in aid of breast cancer awareness. The ladies give educational talks and raise funds while they travel.

Support them: journeyofhope.co.za

Breast Cancer Walkathon

Avon Justine iThemba Crusade of Hope Breast Cancer Walkathon

On Sunday 27 October, the Avon Justine iThemba Crusade of Hope Breast Cancer Walkathon takes place in Emmarentia, Joburg. Participants can choose to either take part in the 5km or 8km walk and enjoy a fun array of festivities at the finish line.

Support them: bosombuddies.cfsites.org

Pink Drive

This organisation gives free mammograms and clinical breast exams to individuals who do not have medical aid. Their pink mobile mammography units travel across the country to diagnose and educate women about breast cancer.

During the month of October, the women’s health club, Curves, will donate R100 for every new member who joins their club. Proceeds from the lanyards, key rings and T-shirts they sell will also go to the Pink Drive.

Join the Pink Tie Dinner Dance on 11 October at Emperor’s Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng if a classy evening is more your thing.

Support them: pinkdrive.co.za

Pink Hair Show You Care

Join brand ambassadors Cindy Nell-Roberts, Karlien Van Jaarsveld, Tamara Dey, Jeannie D and Melinda Bam by wearing pink Great Lengths 100% natural human hair extensions.

Great Lengths, in conjunction with CANSA is donating the profit from the sales of pink hair extensions for the month of October. Visit one of over 250 Great Lengths partner salons countrywide to have your pink extensions attached. The pink extension will cost R100.00.

For more information contact derek@greatlengths.co.za visit greatlengths.co.za

The Twelve Apostles Hotel’s Pink High Tea

Enjoy the classiest high tea in town while supporting a good cause. The Pink High Tea at The Twelve Apostles Leopard Bar takes place every day throughout October for only R145 and R10 of each tea stand sold will be donated to CANSA.

At the high tea you will be welcomed with a glass of pink bubbles and enjoy a delectable array of savoury and sweet treats.

To make a reservation contact: 021 437 9029 or restaurants@12apostles.co.za

Host a Cuppa

le creuset host a cuppa for cansa

Le Creuset has joined forces with CANSA to Host-a-cuppa for CANSA. ‘Host a Cuppa’ is about family, friends, survivors and acquaintances getting together to host a tea party and ask guests to make a donation to CANSA.

Le Creuset is giving the most creative tea parties a chance to win one of three Le Creuset Hampers, valued at R1 000 each. The most inspirational and inspiring tea party event will win a R10 000 Le Creuset Shopping Spree.

All you need to do is submit your photos and story to cuppa@lecreuset.co.za. Entries must be sent before 31 October 2013.

For some inspiration and ideas visit cuppaforcansa.org.za


October is the month of Pink!!

October is Pink Month and here at Val de Vie Estate, us girls from Maureen@BeautifulHomes are going all out!!

October is breast cancer month, an important time to increase awareness about the disease. While many of us are aware of breast cancer, it’s vital to know about early detection and to each others about it too.

The month of pink will end with a big bash at BlackBerry Pink Polo on 26 October, which is held to raise funds and awareness for Reach for Recovery in aid of breast cancer. Visit our Calendar for all the details on buying tickets, we look forward to seeing you there!

Why not host you wedding at the spectacular Val de Vie Estate?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events

Private Events

From exquisite weddings and private parties to festive year-end functions, Val de Vie is an exceptional setting for any type of event. Our events team delights in coordinating memorable occasions that reflect your unique style and preferencess.

Examples of events that we can host:

  • Corporate conferences
  • Product launches
  • Year-end functions
  • Weddings (both intimate and large)
  • Parties

Venues

Hosting an event at Val de Vie offers you the luxury of choice. With several unique venues within the estate, you can discover the perfect setting in which to celebrate your occasion.

The Ballroom

The Ballroom is a prestigious venue for almost any event, from luxury weddings and parties to conferences. The ballroom can seat up to 300 people and includes an imported bamboo laminated dance floor, gleaming marble tiles and three huge silver chandeliers. Equipped with some of the finest facilities in the land, this is an unparalleled setting.

The Founder’s Lounge

Entertain in style at the Founder’s Lounge, an intimate venue that’s perfect for conferences, personal birthday parties or small workshops.

The Manor House

With its beautiful gardens, the elegant Manor house is ideal for outdoor functions (weather dependent).

The Polo Club Restaurant

For a relaxed but elegant event, tables can be reserved at The Polo Club Restaurant.

Coordination

On-the-day Coordination

Our On-the-day Coordination Service allows you to relax and enjoy your event on the day itself. We will manage the course of your event according to a strict programme, ensuring that it’s a flawless experience.

Full Coordination

Our comprehensive Full Coordination Service offers the ultimate in planning luxury. With your unique preferences and needs taken into account, our team will manage every element of your event and ensure that it runs smoothly from beginning to end.

Private Room

With Private Room we can coordinate an event in your home or chosen venue, offering you the convenience of a boutique event experience.

By Appointment Coordination

Whether you’re dreaming of a beach wedding or a smart corporate retreat, we can bring the expertise of Val de Vie to your event. Our team can coordinate off-site events at the venue of your choice, from destination weddings and parties to so much more.

Sports & Leisure Centre

 

The Val de Vie lifestyle fosters a sense of wellbeing and a range of fitness options in a tranquil setting.

Kindly note that the membership is free for all Home Owners.

Our range of facilities includes:

  • A fully equipped gym with world-class equipment and spinning bikes
  • Two squash courts
  • Two floodlit tennis courts
  • 25m Heated indoor pool that also hosts the Ryk Neethling Swimming School
  • Steamrooms & Saunas
  • Personal training
  • Powerplate
  • Spinning classes
  • Pilates classes

Health Club information

Operating hours
Monday-Friday 05:00-21:00
Saturday-Sunday: 06:00-19:00